These videos on SPINALpedia are like a 24/7 support group that motivates people to do what they previously thought was impossible [“Explore SPINALpedia,” November 2018]. Seeing someone else with a similar injury overcome barriers in life is incredibly empowering. Great work, Josh and Tiffiny!
A Pricey Ride
For that starting price of $18,000, I’m wondering what the heck is this thing made of? [“The Terrain Hopper,” November 2018]. According to the article, it only has one battery and each wheel has a motor with independent suspension. It only seats one person, doesn’t have a heater or a radio and doesn’t come with a roof or windows. I can buy a brand-new Smart car starting at $13,000. I could spend another $600 and put taller rims and tires on the Smart car and come out with a better deal. What the heck, Terrain Hopper? And if you go with its financing of $250 a month for seven years you end up paying $21,000 for the base model.
Thanks for the clear, comprehensive overview [“DIY Ramps to the Rescue,” November 2018]. One small local theater I went to propped a rectangular folding table at the door step to let me in. Even though you didn’t include this expedient option, I do admire your article.
Shirley Zak Brownstein
I’ll always remember a miniscule restau¬rant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that, as I waited, took the door off the men’s room [to make a ramp into the building] [“DIY Ramps to the Rescue”].
I made a short ramp several years ago for my disabled daughter’s power chair [“DIY Ramps to the Rescue”]. I went to Harbor Freight and bought a pair of ramps designed to load four-wheelers, etc., into a pickup. It was easy to lay them out, apply plywood between them and secure with a few bolts — you have an almost instant ramp.
RIP, Wheelchair Junkie
Prayers for comfort for his family and friends [“Mark E. Smith — ‘The Wheelchair Junkie’ — Has Passed Away,” Newmobility.com, November 30]. He was such an inspiration and will be missed by so many.
Please give me the info on your current cushion [“Finding My Life-Changing Product,” Bully Pulpit, November 2018]. I have used a Jay Active gel cushion I’ve loved for over 20 years! Jay has discontinued the cushion and I have been buy-ing the fluid-filled gel part of the cushion, which is the most important part. But the rest of my cushion is wearing out and I cannot wrap my head around using, or even liking, the style and the cushion that Jay has replaced it with. Thanks.
Editor: Alan, I use a Ride Custom Cushion by Ride Designs, ridedesigns.com.
When ‘Accessible’ Isn’t
I send an email with my specific requirements and questions about bed, toilet and shower bench height [“Booking an Accessible Room Reservation Shouldn’t Have to be This Hard,” Newmobility.com, October 24]. I also send pictures of what a roll-in shower looks like and the difference between a shower bench and a shower chair. But still, over 50 percent of the time, something goes wrong. If I have time and there are little access issues that can easily be resolved, I have a sit-down chat with the manager and politely explain the problems and possible solutions. My last hotel stay started great, with auto door openers and a good roll-in shower, but when I got to the sink, the mirror was so high it only showed the very top of my head. WTH? Keep working on this — there has to be a way.